Rush Limbaugh announced to his radio audience today that he has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. Rush is 69 years old, and has been hosting his nationally syndicated radio show for 31 years. Earlier this year he signed a 4 year extension to remain the host through 2020.
Rush made the announcement on his show today, saying the following.
“So, I have to tell you something today that I wish I didn’t have to tell you. It’s a struggle for me, because I had to inform my staff earlier today, I can’t help but feel that I’m letting everybody down with. The upshot is that I have been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.”EIB Network
Furthermore, Rush’s long time producer Bo Snerdly confirmed the news on his Twitter account with an emotional tweet.
What Rush Limbaugh has meant to me.
I grew up a fan of talk radio. I was an odd kid, I know. When I was a teenager I would listen to Rush Limbaugh, Bruce Williams, Dr. Dean Edell and others. However, Rush Limbaugh was always my favorite. I often had to catch his show on the rebroadcast at night, but I rarely missed it.
At 18 I joined the Marines. Hence, scheduling conflicts caused me to miss his show for most of the next 4 years. However, at 23 I started driving a truck. Thus I started listening to his show again, and did so until around 2005.
Rush’s personal popularity took a dive with me when he started catering to the Tea Party back in 2009. I was no longer listening to his show at the time, but I was disappointed with the direction he was moving in. Since then, the gulf between our political views has widened, however I still think fondly of him.
Whatever your view on Limbaugh’s politics, he is a supremely talented radio host. He’s knowledgeable, funny, and entertaining. Rush is the best in the talk radio business. I wish him a full recovery and nothing but the best moving forward.